Here's why Elon Musk is calling a Thai cave rescuer a paedophile

Ivan Schwartz
July 18, 2018

Unsworth was not the first person to question Musk's submarine.

What just happened? It's fair to say that Elon Musk does not take criticism well. "He had no conception of what the cave passage was like", CNN quoted Unsworth as saying. "The submarine, I believe, was about 5 foot 6 long, rigid, so it wouldn't have gone round corners or round any obstacles".

Asked if he would take legal action against Musk over the allegation, he said: "If it's what I think it is yes".

In a series of tweets Sunday, Musk said he never saw "this British guy" in the caves while he was there, referring to diver Vernon Unsworth, and called him a "pedo guy".

The rescue mission, made even more challenging by monsoon season, claimed the life of a Thai Navy seal before all boys were saved last week.

'You know what, don't bother showing the video.

"He was one of the driving forces in getting everything done and clarifying for us divers what was going on", he told AFP.

Just over one week ago, Elon Musk tweeted that engineers from his SpaceX and Boring Company were heading to Thailand to "see if we can be helpful" to the government.

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Later the Mask has removed the controversial tweet and the response to it. A number of other figures have strongly criticized Musk's tweets, with James Anderson, a partner at major Tesla shareholder Baillie Gifford telling The Guardian that "I intend to convey my - predictable I trust - feelings to the company tomorrow".

The Tesla CEO had traveled to Thailand earlier this week, touting his "mini-sub" that he said was built with rocket parts and could be carried by two divers.

The boys, known as the "Wild Boar team", became stuck in the cave after wandering in on 23 June following football practice - only to find themselves trapped inside by rising floodwaters.

The CEO then confirmed he indeed meant to call Unsworth a pedophile and wrote: "bet ya a signed dollar it's true".

When asked about the mini-sub, rescue command chief Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said it was not suitable for the mission.

The complex mission for global and Thai divers to guide the boys and coach through the cave's flooded passageways riveted people worldwide.

The group are now recovering in hospital in Chiang Rai and are expected to be discharged this week.

A Thai military official told the New York Times that the mini submarine could be useful in some future rescue mission in open water.

Other reports by GizPress

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